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Microsoft buys Minecraft, Notch retires from Mojang

Microsoft has announced that they have bought Minecraft for $2.5 billion in what on the surface looks like a really unlikely deal where the establishment just bought the most popular indie game in the world.

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9/11 "Truthers" are running a digital billboard in Times Square showing building collapse

9/11 "Truthers" have paid for the digital billboard in Times Square and are running an ad today that states "WTC 7 came down in a classic controlled demolition" and then shows the collapse of building 7.

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New Facebook "No, Thanks" pop up cleverly disguised as privacy management

Facebook is about to start intermittently nagging you, but it's not like they haven't done this before.

Facebook has always cared about your privacy. Seriously. I'm as critical of them as the next guy, but they know as well as anyone else, one step too far, and Facebook can, and would, go the way of MySpace. These are the things insomnia is made of, well, that and clowns.

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Adrian Belew launches a Kickstarter for his app called FLUX

We've talked a lot at Adland about how the advancement of technology has unfortunately eroded some of our ethical standards, especially when it comes to music. And yet for every musician rightly shaking their fist at what streaming, webcasting and big tech companies have done to their livelihood, a few are attempting to circumvent the issues.

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Twitter's new "buy" button already selling Eminem & more

First out to try the new "buy" button in twitter are - surprise - musicians. You know, those stodgy luddites who can't adapt to the new world order of selling t-shirts instead of their song. Pitchfork reports that an initial group of artists including the New Pornographers, Pharrell, Death From Above 1979, Eminem, Ryan Adams, Wiz Khalifa, Paramore, Megadeth, and Soundgarden are using the button.

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Take the empty bucket challenge

With more than 2.4 million videos uploaded, the ice bucket challenge has been a global success. While the cause is noble, not everyone is thrilled about the water waste. Especially in Brazil where water can be a precious resource that not everyone has access to.

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Twitpic is going to shut down.

Twitpic, the service on which I published that Kaka picture (pre-smartphone!), is shutting down. The reason? Twitter has been clumsily throwing their weight around via one of their lawyers threatening to lock Twitpic out of their API if Twitpic didn't give up their trademark. Lawyers. The only people hated more than us ad-folks.

So Twitpic are packing up the whole service and going home.

Read the statement on twitpic's own blog here

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Sleepy Hollow apologises for #Headless campaign's timing as ISIS beheads another journalist

Sleepy Hollow was promoting it's release to DVD and the shows new season with a hashtaggged "#HeadlessDay" promotion... which happened to be mailed out just as the news about the Steven Sotloff’s death reached the world. The campaign consists of meme-jokes with the tagline "Happy Headless Day from Sleepy Hollow" and the timing is terrible. The idea was that people could share the memes on social media and tag them #HeadlessDay - yikes.

ThinkJam who created the campaign immediately issued an apology and pulled the campaign from running now.

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